Researching for Answers

Interested in conducting research with a faculty member and publishing your findings and presenting at a national conference? For the second year in a row, Pace brings you the Undergraduate Research Initiative and they need your inquiring minds by May 30!

Attention undergraduate students from all majors: The Pace Undergraduate Research Initiative is back for the 2012-2013 academic year!

This means you, yes you, will have the opportunity to be paired up with a faculty member according to interests and background to work on a research project from September 2012 until March 2013. And when we say research project, this could mean anything. Last year’s 15 awardees ranged from the scientific (mercury contamination and enzymes associated with HIV) to the imaginative (pairing horror stories with web-based artwork and Star Trek with history) to sex (Literacy and the Gender Gap), drugs (TB, mycobacteria and vaccination development), and even rock and roll (Bring on the Velvet Revolution: The Politics of Individual Subjectivity in Tom Stoppard’s “Rock ‘n’ Roll”).

All research initiatives will be recognized at end-of-year showcases on both campuses and two award winners (one on each campus) will be announced and receive an award and funding to attend a regional or national conference. In addition to recognition, you’ll gain hands-on experience and a deeper appreciation of your field, work closely with world-renowned faculty, and strengthen your research, critical thinking, analytical, and writing skills.

What you need to do by May 30 is fill out the application here to get started on what could be the beginning of something huge!

Earlier this month, the 15 Undergraduate Research Initiative awardees for 2011-2012 presented their findings through poster sessions and formal presentations at showcases held on both campuses. The winning pair on the PLV Campus was Seidenberg student Mark Kowtko and Seidenberg Professor Jean F. Coppola, PhD, who presented on Open Source Assistive Technology Website and Application Development. The honorary mention went to the Dyson student Boyan Robak/Dyson Professor Paul Griffin, PhD, team, whose research was on Recovering from a Romantic Break-up: Examining the Influence of Attachment, Rejecting Sensitivity, and Gender. On the NYC Campus, the winning team was Dyson student Megan Kenny and Seidenberg student Christelle Scharff, who brought their different backgrounds together for Mobile Technology and the Environment. The honorary mention went to Dyson student Neil Patel and Dyson Professor Marcy Kelly, who presented on the Effects of Glutathione and its Derivatives on the Survival of Mycobacterium bovis-BCG Vegetative and Persistent Organisms. You can read more from the 2011-2012 awardees on the Undergraduate Research Initiative blog at

For more information about the program, contact Sue Maxam, University Director for Student Success, at (914) 522-7913 or